First though, some earlier work.
At the same time the fence and gate that used to close off access to Broadway station along the trackbed were taken out, and the trackbed here levelled as well. Now you can look right through, and see the ballast bed approaching from the northern direction.
First thing to do was to lay out the pile that was on the end in the above picture. Using the nips, it takes 4 people to lift and move one of the Jarrah sleepers with cast iron chairs on.
Behind, the Telehandler hovers with another load already.
This picture shows just how narrow the gap is between the side of the JCB and the platform, and the centre drain on the right. In fact, it seemed tighter on the platform 1 road, than the other. That was odd...
Behind the camera part of the team - it was a large turnout today, despite the rain - was busy spacing out the sleepers brought in. We had to adopt another method today, involving three drops of the 12, at intervals, then spreading them out once on the ground. The plank on the left was cut to length to let the Telehandler know where to drop each set of 4.
And then, finally, our first rail goes in. Whoo - hoo !
Now we're using bullhead, the lifting in is more complicated because bullhead rail is very much less stiff than flat bottom rail, it handles like wet Maccaroni. It therefore needs more men on bars, very hard work.
We can then take a breather while Steve nudges it home, up against the previous one.
We're almost under the footbridge here with double track now.
|Please, sir, our sleeper won't fit with the catchpit in the way|
|The problem is: This deep hole here.|
A hasty committee meeting was held.
Followed by an official measuring of the distances.
Yep, it's true, one space is much smaller than the other, and that over the length of two catch pits, right opposite the building.
After lunch, more careful measuring, this time using the track gauge.
Height and distance from the wall was fine, until you met a catch pit, and then the wall was too close.
While waiting for more sleepers from afar, Steve an Bert Ferrule take a cheeky chance and quickly lay in a rail on the P2 road, where 3 lengths of sleepers are not yet adorned.
As the lighting conditions get fainter and fainter, the gang advances past the building, thus enabling today's headline. We reach the station building, with double track!
The building is now completely clear of scaffolding, what a treat it looks too. Under the canopy the platform is being brought up to slab laying level with dumper loads of spent ballast, originally scraped off the trackbed here, so now it's back home.
Towards the end of the day the laying team on the P1 road were mid-building. Double track is now in front of the station, and a number of people remarked how much like a station it now felt, with the rails in place.
The next PWay event will be on Wednesday, when the 'second front' will lay the remaining 100 concrete sleepers on the extension train. There may be a ballast drop too, this remains to be confirmed.
Look at this nice platform achieved by the Broadway gang today, with our trackbed scrapings. All nicely rolled too, and soon it will be ready for the 3x2 slabs that belong here.